Edo Speaker Tests Positive For Coronavirus


Mr Frank Okiye, the Speaker of the Edo State House of Assembly, has tested positive for the novel coronavirus.

The Deputy Governor of the State, Phillip Shaibu, disclosed this during a press conference in Benin, the state capital on Wednesday.

Mr Shaibu confirmed that Okiye is the recorded index case announced earlier by the state government.

Channels Television had earlier reported that the Edo State Governor, Mr Godwin Obaseki, has gone into self-isolation.

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In a statement, Special Adviser to the Governor on Media and Communication Strategy, Mr. Crusoe Osagie, said the governor has sent his samples for testing.

This move the governor said was necessary following his close contact with the Bauchi State Governor, Bala Muhammed and Chief of Staff to the President, Abba Kyari, who have both tested positive for COVID-19.

There are currently 46 cases recorded in Nigeria.

Two new cases of the COVID-19 were confirmed in the early hours of Wednesday.

According to the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), one additional case was found in Lagos State while another was discovered in Osun State.

A statement by the NCDC reveals that both cases are travellers who returned to Nigeria in the last 7 days.

Obaseki Orders Probe Of Controversial Benin Specialist Hospital Contracts

File Photo: Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki.


The Edo State Governor, Mr Godwin Obaseki, has ordered the probe of contracts for the construction of the Benin Specialist Hospital and supply of hospital equipment.

The state government has also constituted a Commission of Inquiry to conduct a detailed inquiry into the process leading to the conceptualisation, design, construction and equipping of the hospital and to determine if there was a breach of the Edo State Procurement Law and other extant laws and procedures.

In a statement, the Secretary to the State Government, Osarodion Ogie (Esq.), said the commission is to be chaired by Hon. Justice J.U. Oyomire (rtd), with Prof. Emmanuel Obaseiki-Ebor, Mrs Elizabeth Uwaifo, Enemaku Hilary Igemoh Esq., as members, while Mr Anthony Izevbekhale (Esq.) is to serve as the commission’s secretary.

“The appointment takes immediate effect,” he noted.

Speaking further, Ogie said the terms of reference of the commission includes: “To conduct a detailed inquiry into the processes leading to the conceptualization, design, construction and equipping of the Benin Specialist/Central Hospital Extension (originally designated as the Accident and Emergency Unit) and determine if same were in breach of the Edo State Procurement Law and other extant Laws and procedures in that regard.”

Others, according to him, are: “to inquire into the process of tendering for, award, execution and payment for all contracts arising from and/or connected with the Benin Specialist/Central Hospital Extension and to determine if such payments (s) were made in compliance with extant laws.”

The commission is also charged: “to verify the details and dates of construction carried out on the project and equipment supplied on the Hospital project and to determine if same were in line with the contract stipulations and timelines”.

According to him, they are to “identify any losses and/or damages incurred or suffered by the Edo State Government and to further identify all persons responsible for such losses or damages”.

Ogie noted that the commission will “make appropriate recommendations for such disciplinary civil or criminal sanctions to be meted out against any persons found to be responsible for such losses or damages suffered by Edo State Government arising from failure to follow extant Laws and procedures.

Other tasks include, “To make recommendations to Government to prevent a reoccurrence of such breaches, losses or damages in the future and make such further recommendations to the Government as may be considered by the Commission.”

Gov Obaseki Signs New Minimum Wage Structure For Edo Workers

File Photo: Edo state Governor, Godwin Obaseki.


Civil servants in Edo state will have every cause to smile on receiving the alert for January 2020 salaries which will reflect the new minimum wage of N30,000.

The state governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki gave the confirmation after signing into law the new minimum wage structure for civil servants after a meeting with organized labour at the government house in Benin City, the Edo state capital.

He added that an agreement on the new minimum wage structure was easily reached with the joint negotiating council based on transparency on both sides, with the government willing to provide a conducive atmosphere for workers to deliver their best.

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Gov Obaseki said the success recorded owes to the sincerity between government, labour and trade unions, noting “there should not be much difference between a state worker, federal government worker, and a local government worker because it is the same government.”

“What we have done in Edo is to change the narrative by emphasizing on productivity. If you want someone to be productive, the minimum you can do is to pay the person a living wage,” he added.

He said the next phase of welfare package for workers in the state will include capacity building of public servants to be more efficient and productive.

“Every worker must have health cover; every worker who is eligible must have a house mortgage of their own and every worker will undertake, at least one public service training in the public service training academy every year,” he said.

Mr Obaseki in his new year day broadcast had promised that workers in the state will get the new minimum wage of N30,000 from January 2020.

‘I Just Wanted To Be Different’, Sculptor Who Moulded Corps Member Explains


The compulsory one-year National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), is a dreaded time for some but a few others, make a conscious effort to impact their immediate communities.

Arigbede Ojo is one of those. Posted to Edo State, he spent a good portion of his time, producing a masterpiece which is sure to keep him in the memories of his peers as well as superiors.

Resplendent in her NYSC kit, the masterpiece – a statue, stands at the corps’ zonal office on Ikpopkan road, in the state capital, Benin City, to the admiration of many.

“I promised myself that before I leave this one year of service, I will make sure I do something,” Ojo told Channels Television while explaining the reason behind his creation.

“I just wanted to be different from the others,” he added.

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While many continue to appreciate his works, Ojo explained that the road has not been easy, despite his evident passion for the arts.

Funding and all the necessary support according to him, have been a challenge not just for him, but for other upcoming artists.

He says, however, that he has always managed through and one day he hopes to own one of the best sculpting academies in the world.

Ojo went on to thrill Channels Television’s correspondent with a live sculpting of popular businessman and billionaire, Femi Otedola.

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Fire Engulfs Ekiosa Market, Edo Development Agency Building


Popular Ekiosa market in Benin City, the Edo state capital is currently engulfed in fire as traders are scampering to salvage goods from shops within the burning market.

The cause of the fire is unknown, but angry youths in the area and traders who claimed to have lost goods revolted against the fire truck which they said arrived late after several calls.

Channels Television reports that the fire has spread to the Edo Development and Property Agency building.

Meanwhile, the commissioner of Police and some top government officials are trying to find the means of bringing the fire under control.

There are reports that the fire truck that came earlier, later left owing to the treatment it received from the angered youths.

But the University of Benin fire service truck has returned with some Army personnel to put out the fire.

More details to follow…

I Did Not Teach Obaseki, Shaibu How To Lose Elections – Oshiomhole


National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Comrade Adams Oshiomhole has reacted to comments by the Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki and his deputy Philip Shaibu, that he (Oshiomhole) taught them all they are executing today in the state including the fight against godfatherism.

Oshiomhole who reacted in a television programme at the weekend said he never thought them the violence that is being exhibited today in the state as well as losing elections.

“I have always been a winner,” he said.

“I have read several sayings that I thought them all they are doing today. This is laughable because I never thought them how to lose elections. As we speak today, the governor (Obaseki) lost his ward, Local Government and senatorial district in the last Presidential election.

“As we speak, the governor is being represented by the PDP in his Federal constituency and senatorial district. These in my view were early warning signals about need to change tactics. Stop threatening people, saying you will crush. Who are you crushing?

“I won my entire senatorial district for Mr President and I am being represented by an APC senator and House of Representatives. Then, his Deputy, Philip, in Jattu where he comes from, in his polling booth where he and his family voted, lost.

“He lost his booth during his own governorship election in which he was standing as Deputy governorship candidate. So if he learnt from me, he should have learnt well because I never lost election in my village.

“There is no body in my village who can work against me because when I go home I relate with them, I am an ordinary man. You see when you have power and you don’t use it you are even more powerful. And you must know when to talk tough and when to talk soft. When I am in my village I am just like an ordinary man. I argue and play with my people”.

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According to Oshiomhole, the only man that was in the PDP in his village, is now one of his PA’s through persuasion and not force.

Lamenting that Governor Obaseki and his deputy have unleashed mayhem on APC members in Edo State, Oshiomhole stated that even as a professional fighter one must choose their fight.

“It is only Philip and his boss that talks about crushing APC members. If you become a crushing machine and God enable you to crush your people who will you govern assuming you win,” he asked.

“A political party is like a forest, in that forest you have many animals. The politician is the guy who goes into this forest, knowing fully well that all the dangerous animals are there but he is going for the antelope or the grass cutter which he wants to use to feed his family. He goes there get his antelope or grass cutter home and feast without being crashed.

“So the minimum requirement of political leadership is to be able to deal with all kinds of characters”.

Police Arrest Man For Allegedly Defiling Two Minors In Edo


A man alleged to have defiled two minors in Edo state has been arrested by the police.

The Commissioner of police in the state, Lawan Jimeta who made the disclosure, said that the two girls aged 10 and 1, are of the same mother.

“We have a suspect who is alleged to have defiled two sisters of the same parent; one is aged 10, while the other is aged 1.”

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He also confirmed the arrest of 34 alleged cultists among the recent success recorded in its fight against crime.

“We have 34 cultists who are members of Aiye, eye and Vikings confraternities. They all confessed to being members of the criminal societies and were involved in propagating all sorts of atrocities and criminalities in the state.

“Also in our custody are some fraudsters who were arrested on the 8 of December.”

CP Jimeta also advised members of the public to come forward with relevant information that could contribute to securing the state especially this yuletide.

Edo Govt Bans All Political Rallies, Demonstrations

PHOTO: Protesting youths set up bonfire in Benin city, Edo State capital on Thursday, December 12, 2019.


Edo State government on Friday announced that a ban has been placed on all political rallies and demonstration in the state.

This announcement is coming barely 24 hours after a protest by some youths who set up bonfires at some strategic locations in the capital city, Benin, leading to increased political tensions.

The Government of Edo State in a statement signed by Secretary to the State Government, Osarodion Ogie, said the decision to place the ban was important following alleged plans by some mischief-makers to organise an unauthorised political rally in Benin City.

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According to him, the rally is capable of leading to a breakdown of public peace and also a danger to the persons and property of Edo citizens.

“The event of yesterday, 12th December, 2019, were a scary prelude to the absolute mayhem which these irresponsible activities would generate if left unchecked.

“In defiance of the clear and publicised instruction of the Inspector General of Police (IGP), calling off the proposed rally owing to the security implications, these desperate persons are presently shopping around for alternative venues to carry out their incendiary activities.

“The primary purpose of Government is the protection of life and property. Consequently, the government of Edo State has placed a total and complete ban on all political rallies, demonstrations and/or procession in any part of Edo State,” the statement read in part.

The state government therefore directed all security agencies to deal firmly with all persons who act in breach of this directive.

The also urged parents and guardians to advise their children and wards not to allow themselves to be used as “cannon-fodder in aid of misguided political ambition and ego of people, whose own children reside and school abroad.”

The statement concluded that all property owners used for activities in breach of this order shall have their right of occupancy immediately revoked and forfeited to the state government.


Political Tension

Decision of the Edo State government to ban all political rallies in the state comes barely 24 hours after a protest by some groups against a proposed political rally in the state.

There was palpable tension in the city of Benin the capital of Edo state as some youths put up bonfires at some locations in the city

The bonfires are most visible along the Benin airport roads which lead in and out of the city.

The youths chanted political songs and the tension from all indications are about the planned welcome rally for Osagie Ize-Iyamu who recently defected from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to the All Progressives Congress (APC).

Ize-Iyamu is scheduled to be received by the National Chairman of the APC and Former Governor Adams Oshiomhole who has been in a political rift with his successor Governor Godwin Obaseki.

Edo APC Rally: Oshiomhole Arrives Benin Amidst Tight Security, Calls For Calm



National chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Comrade Adams Oshiomhole has appealed to members of the party in Edo State to remain calm following the mayhem unleashed on the people of the state on Wednesday by armed thugs.

Oshiomhole made the appeal while addressing party members who escorted him to his house after he arrived in the state amid tight security.

The party chairman and other members of the NWC are in Benin to receive over 30,000 leaders of the PDP led by Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu into the APC.

Thugs, however, took over the Benin Airport shooting sporadically.

Burn-fires were seen at strategic places in Benin City, while roads leading to the residence of the party chairman were blocked by heavy-duty vehicles.

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It took him and other members of the NWC over one hour to get to his residence after soldiers came to disperse the armed thugs.

Reacting to the scenario while addressing party supporters at his residence, Oshiomhole said: “I know you are hurt with what we are passing through here but I want to plead with you don’t be provoked. Any reasonable party leader will be happy to welcome people from another party into his party.

“Particularly when those coming were people who fought us in the last election. And when you look at the margin then it was like 50,000. So we are in Benin to welcome them but you can see how their thugs are unleashing mayhem on people.

“But I want to tell you, APC is our house and we will not destroy it neither are we going to allow anybody destroy it. We don’t want anyone to be killed so, please don’t fight back. Those who know me know that I am not a coward, I am not afraid of a fight. But I will not and I urge you to remain calm.

“We are getting conflicting report now, the IG ordered the Commissioner if Police to give us protection for our rally. But we are being told now that the same authority said it has been cancelled. But I am going to make calls and find out what the problem is, if the police is saying they cannot protect a political rally.

“I will find out and let you people know. But even if they said we cannot hold it, please don’t fight anybody. I will meet them and find out when it will hold. But the rally will still hold someday. We have the right of association. This is not the first time we are seeing situations like this, but I can assure you it will not last forever.

“No condition is permanent. We must do everything to keep APC in Edo State no matter what the devil thinks. APC Is our house so we must resist any temptation to fight back. We must remember that our President Muhammad Buhari is a peaceful man. We must remain peaceful and go home and tell everyone, we remain strong. Nobody can shake our spirit. We will receive our brothers into the party to fortify our party”.

IGP Cancels Planned Edo APC Rally To Welcome Ize-Iyamu


The Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, has cancelled the planned rally of the All Progressives Congress (APC) to welcome Mr Osagie Ize-Iyamu.

In an official communication between the IGP and the Edo State Deputy Governror, Mr Philip Shuaib, the Police boss directed a suspension of the Mega rally until further notice and called for a meeting of the political actors involved in the development with aim of resolving it.

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According to the Force, the decision was based on security reasons as it wants to avoid any sort of bloodshed in the event the rally is staged.

The APC National Chairman, Adams Oshiomhole, was expected to lead the rally to welcome Ize-Iyamu to the APC after defecting from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

Details later…

Court Upholds Ojezua As APC Edo Chairman


An Edo State High Court has directed that a status quo be maintained, pending the hearing of an interlocutory application over the chairmanship of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the state.

The court granted an order of interim injunction as at 10th of November, 2019, confirming Anslem Ojezua as the chairman of the APC in Edo state.

Ojezua was removed from office last week after eleven out of the 16 member State Working Committee signed a removal notice on him as state chairman of the party, confirming

Justice O Oviawe who presided over the case filed by Anselm Ojezua, Kenneth Asekhomhe and Dr Aisosa Amadasun after hearing the submission, said the court was satisfied with the fact that there is a substantial issue to be heard and a status quo be maintained, pending the hearing of an interlocutory application.

“I have carefully considered this application, the affidavit evidence before the court and the legal submissions of the applicants, together with the authorities cited and I have come to a determination that this application of an order of interim injunction finds merit.

“I am satisfied that there is a substantial issue to be tried at the hearing. An order of interim injunction which is granted upon an ex-parte application is always granted for a short and limited period depending on the gravity and urgency of the situation, in order to essentially preserve the res or the status quo pending the hearing of an interlocutory application in the same matter.”

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Justice Oviawe continued, “In line with the authorities, and being satisfied as to the urgency of this application, and being satisfied as to the urgency of this application, the application is hereby granted as prayed.

Accordingly, an order of interim injunction is hereby granted directing that the status quo as at 10/11/19 with regards to the chairmanship of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Edo State Chapter, be maintained pending the hearing and determination of the Motion on Notice praying for an order of Interlocutory Injunction.”

He adjourned till Thursday, December 5th, 2019 for hearing and determination of the motion for interlocutory injunction.

Edo 2020 National Sports Festival: Venues Will Be Ready By December, Says Shaibu


Edo State Deputy Governor and Chairman of the Local Organising Committee, (LOC) for the Edo 2020 National Sports Festival, Rt. Hon. Comrade Philip Shaibu has assured that all the venues and facilities for the festival will be ready for use by December 31st, 2019.

The event is scheduled for March 22 to April 1, 2020, and the Deputy Governor has assured that the problem of infrastructure has been solved with the new-look international standard Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium and other complementary venues already nearing 85-95% completion.

Shaibu noted that asides the Moshood Abiola National Stadium in Abuja, Edo State was the first state to have a double game event for squash while the Ogbemudia Stadium itself now has an Assisted Video Recorder (AVR) facility ready for use.

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Towards ensuring the overall success of the Games, he said the 12 inaugurated sub-committees were working round the clock, adding that formal fundraising has been scheduled for Lagos being headquarters and home to most corporate organizations.

The deputy governor confirmed that the Main Organizing Committee (MOC) will commence a training programme for desk officers who are expected to handle the accreditation of athletes and officials for the competition from October 30 to 31, 2019.

The services of between 2,000 to 3,000 volunteers would be needed to aid the smooth management of the Games and they would be sourced through a placed advertisement on the Games’ portal to make for the smooth running of the Games tagged, “Return of the native.”

He said, “Edo was on recess for  11-12 years which made Nigeria lose its potentials. We are ready to host the other 35 states and Abuja in the return of the native. Edo State is ready to take  its pride of place concerning sports.”

Shaibu stated that apart from hosting to win straight at the sports fiesta, there was a conscious attempt at merging sports with education with the building of 20 mini stadia in the 18 local governments of Edo State with the objective to harness young talents from secondary schools.